The Blaine Arts Council will sponsor an exhibit of works by Amber McDowell from Sept. 4 to Sept. 30 at Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive NE.
McDowell has been “Discovering Minnesota” since she moved to the state three years ago. She has created skyline abstracts, taking inspiration from Minnesota’s urban areas, and captured the area’s natural beauty – moose, bears, trees, flowers and more.
“Art is my passion and lifeblood,” McDowell said. “It connects me to the world in a unique way and brings me new perspectives on life, society and the world around me.
“I thrive on the personal expression that comes with creating unique pieces of art and have been immersed in it for more than 20 years,” she said.
McDowell offers a variety of mediums, including watercolor and acrylic, and delights in sharing her work with others. Her goal is to always create something unique and special that her collectors will be proud to display and own.
McDowell said that she has always seen the world through whimsical eyes. She recalls being a child and asking her father what the word “abstraction” meant. Once he explained the definition, she had a drive in her to create art that fit this definition.
“I always wanted to draw and paint things I saw, but not necessarily make them look real or the accurate colors that the objects may truly be,” McDowell said. “Once I found out it was acceptable to create something with a different perspective, I knew I wanted to be an artist.”
McDowell has created her own unique style through the years, one that has abstraction and impressionistic qualities. Her works portray vibrancy, color and energy.
As a self-taught artist, McDowell is always learning new techniques from her peers. Coming from an artistic family has definitely encouraged her to pursue a career in art. Every day she learns something new and is inspired by new people she meets and experiences she has.
“Perhaps my greatest inspiration is my mother. A recent cancer survivor, her experience has taught me that life is short. She has inspired me to pursue my passion for art,” McDowell said.
In addition to creating art, McDowell also works full time for a local print house in Brooklyn Park. She enjoys helping other artists to display products to share with their collectors.
Please join McDowell in her opening reception of “Discovering Minnesota” Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception is open to the public.
Giclee prints are available of most of McDowell’s works. Her art may also be seen at: www.etsy.com/shop/ambermcdowellfineart.